Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern, Leopoldine Konstantin
A dark love story which rivals, in terms of its bitter overtones, even Hitchcock's later Vertigo - Notorious is still intoxicating, over 70 years on. A US agent (Cary Grant) plies his charm on an executed traitor’s tormented, alcoholic daughter (Ingrid Bergman) until she agrees to spy on a German friend and admirer (Claude Rains), who is suspected of consorting with Nazis in Brazil.
Undercover work, starting with guilt, desire and idealism, proceeds to betrayal, (partly self-)loathing and still murkier emotions. A complex, cinematic classic.
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